On June 11, 342 high school students graduated from Junipero Serra High School. I attended the commencement exercises because my granddaughter was graduating.
It was an interesting afternoon and most of the students were jubilant, throwing their caps in the air, shouting, and raising their arms in excitement. However, there was one thing missing — there was not one prayer to God uttered for them. How sad to think it was against the law, my daughter said, to say a prayer in a public school! This should not be!
All these 342 students are ready to go out into the “real world,” as the valedictorians and salutatorians said in their speeches, without asking for the help and guidance of the Lord, our God. Regardless of whether they believe or not, as it says in Ezekial 2:5 & 7, “and they, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear (for they are a rebellious house) and thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear, for they are most rebellious,” a prayer could have been said for these precious young lives. There are so many temptations ahead of these young people, especially in these troubled times.
This so-called “real world” is a dangerous world for these young people, as well as for all young people venturing into it for the first time. They needed a blessing (prayer) of God’s Word to start them on their journey and most of all they need our good God’s guidance throughout their lives.
As this secular exercise ended, I breathed a silent prayer to God for these young students and pray that He will bring them to Him in His time.
Virginia R. Hennings of San Diego is a freelance writer.